Towns could unite to provide better public transit

Gridlock on Route 128, near the Route 3 interchange in Burlington.
Gridlock on Route 128, near the Route 3 interchange in Burlington.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File

It would be hard to find someone in Eastern Massachusetts who hasn’t gotten stuck in traffic on Route 128.

That’s part of the reason three towns that ring the highway — Bedford, Burlington, and Lexingtonare teaming to consider the potential benefits of coordinating local transportation services.

All three have separate minibus service providing rides to shopping and local appointments and supplement regional buses to rapid transit. Town officials are asking residents to weigh in on how local transportation can be changed to better serve their needs. The Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study also will determine whether collaboration among the towns will save money.


A survey is being conducted — click here to see it. And, public meetings will be held this week in each town: at 6:30 p.m. Mondayat Grand View Farm, 55 Center St. in Burlington; at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way; and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Mass. Ave. in Lexington.

In Beverly, a public meeting on regulations for recreational marijuana stores is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Center, 90 Colon St. Retail shops were expected to begin selling pot July 1, but none have opened so far because of regulatory delays. Beverly is among about 160 cities and towns that have a moratorium in place to give the city time to decide where any potential stores might locate. The moratorium runs through the end of the year, but could be extended to June 2019.

At the meeting, city officials will provide an overview of state regulations and the process Beverly is following in developing local rules.

Down in Walpole, a political action group called Walpole Unitedis holding a rally on Sunday to protest the rise in property taxes. According to the town’s website, the average tax for a single-family home increased from $7,168 to $7,433 in fiscal 2018.


The rally — which will include a car show and a pig roast — will be held at 1 p.m. at the VFW, 33 Robbins Road. Tickets are $15.

Marcia Dick can be reached at marcia.dick@globe.com.